Trip to Italy, theme: History
Dear friends of Solo in Italia, from the top of the Boot, 40 centuries of history are watching you!
The history of the Italian Peninsula is so rich and has left so much to be seen that almost every town or village contains reminiscences of a past often common to all the peoples of the Mediterranean. The Roman civilization is the archetype of course, but you will be surprised to discover how many others have left traces that one hopes will be indelible... So let your curiosity lead you away from the most frequented paths to discover places that generally exude a poetry of undefinable charm for the common mortals that we are, because they will all survive us.
If you go back to your high-school memories, you will remember that southern Italy was called Great Greece by the Greeks themselves! And the traces of Greek civilization there from the colonization are not just great, they are immense.
The wealth, the profusion, the majesty, the number of Greek temples still standing in Italy will surprise you, especially in comparison with what remains in Greece.
Some temples are very busy, but with a bit of imagination, especially in terms of timetables, you can almost have them all to yourself, while the majority more remote will leave you stunned by the unique combination of solitude, architectural perfection, the vegetation around and the grace of the place.
Finally, some museums house exceptional archaeological finds, even for those who are not so fond of broken and glued vases!
Before Rome, it is too often forgotten that the Etruscans built a civilization of first magnitude … if unfortunately the Roman victor destroyed much to mark his triumph, as often happens, there are still a number of fascinating remains that impress by their wealth.
Moreover, most of them are located in regions away from mass tourism, which adds to the pleasure of discovery.
And for archaeology fanatics, there are several routes to discover Etruscan traces that will quench your thirst.
You certainly don’t need Solo in Italia to enter the Colosseum or discover the Forum in Rome …although we would be delighted to give you some tips on how to enjoy the most beautiful places that are not necessarily the most frequented and not to miss out on the most recent discoveries or restorations that are often made by reservation now.
On the other hand, to make you discover Rome elsewhere than in Rome, that’s what will surprise you. Of course Pompeii and Herculaneum come to mind, but we have places all over Italy to recommend, sometimes away from the cities in the form of archaeological areas and sometimes in the very heart of cities that take advantage of their heritage to organize spectacular visits using the most modern technological means.
In any case, it is impossible to escape the force of the hyphen that has linked us for 20 centuries.
The Italian Middle Ages traditionally begins with the fall of Rome in 476 AD, and multiple peoples successively ruled Italy including the Visigoths and Lombards before the emergence of the Carolingians and the creation of the Holy Roman Empire which included much of northern Italy. It is necessary to add the permanent confrontations for the control of the South between Saracens, Greeks, Byzantines and Normans which makes the history so complicated to memorize or even to follow …
In any case, the traces left by such a complicated era are clearly visible nowadays and are a real discovery when you want to leave the most marked routes.
Finally, it is impossible not to mention the Arab-Norman cultural heritage which has given rise to pure architectural wonders and mosaic decorations whose visible splendour today gives this thousand-year-old beauty, or almost, an unlikely side.
Italian Renaissance and Palace
The discovery of the Golden Age of Western civilization as embodied by the Italian Renaissance is one of the most frequent reasons for travelling to Italy. Florence is rightly a central part of this learning, but one should not imagine confining oneself to this city in order to understand the absolute munificence of this era.
It is on the roads of the towns and villages that embody this Renaissance, with fewer crowds in a hurry, that one can measure to what extent this period represented a unique form of harmony between man, his creations and nature. Getting lost in it by following the itineraries of Solo in Italia is to make sure that you experience the nostalgia of that era which laid the foundations of our society today.
Solo in Italia thus offers you less marked paths in Tuscany, but also ideas in less frequented and equally remarkable regions.
The only constraint we offer you, as you will have understood, is time: to immerse yourself in the best way possible in this Renaissance Italy, forget your watch!
Our travel themes in Italy
Let yourself be guided or let yourself be tempted by our different themes: the choice is immense and whatever happens your trip will be unique … the only thing that can happen to you is to regret not having stayed long enough, but rest assured, with Solo In Italia you will come back!